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12 Top-Rated Campgrounds on the Oregon Coast

Written by Brad Lane

As well as scenic attractions and jaw-dropping viewpoints, great campgrounds can be found up and down the Oregon coast. Whether you are an RV driver, tent camper, or cyclist on the Oregon Coast Bike Route, multiple campgrounds on the coast can accommodate you while providing unique and fun things to do. Many of the best campgrounds on the coast are operated by Oregon State Parks and Recreation, and like Cape Lookout or Harris Beach State Park, all share similar characteristics, including hot showers, flushing toilets, and hiker/biker sites reserved for human-powered travelers. Be sure to book your camping reservations ahead of time, particularly in the summer months when the coastal weather is nothing short of postcard perfect. Find a great place to sleep under the stars with our list of the best campgrounds on the Oregon Coast.

1. Cape Lookout State Park

Hiking trails fan out from the campground at Cape Lookout

Hiking trails fan out from the campground at Cape Lookout | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Located at the center of the Three Capes Scenic Route and one of the top attractions of the Oregon Coast, Cape Lookout State Park provides more than 200 campsites within earshot of the ocean. While most campsites at Cape Lookout cater to tent camping, more than 50 full hookup sites for RVs are also available. Pet-friendly yurts, deluxe cabins, and one of the best hiker/biker camps on the coast can also be found at Cape Lookout. Every overnight visitor has access to free hot showers, restroom facilities, and the stunning natural environment. Hiking up and down the cape and exploring the adjoining Netarts Spit are just a few of the recreation options campers can enjoy.

Address: 13000 Whiskey Creek Road, Tillamook, Oregon

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?parkId=134&do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage

2. Fort Stevens State Park

Peter Iredale shipwreck at Fort Stevens

Peter Iredale shipwreck at Fort Stevens | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

On the far northwest tip of Oregon in Astoria, Fort Stevens State Park is a retired military space now converted into one of the largest campgrounds on the coast. Even with more than 300 tent and 150 RV spaces available, advanced camping reservations are still recommended (especially in the summer). Shower houses, flushing toilets, and running water can be found within the two massive campground loops at Fort Stevens, as well as an impressive amphitheater, which showcases educational movies throughout the week.

During any stay, it's highly recommended to explore the site's military history through the park's Military Museum and retired facilities, including barracks, batteries, and bunkers. The ancient remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck on the beach is also a must-see sight. Unique to much of the rest of the coast, vehicles are allowed on parts of the beach at Fort Stevens. Despite the vehicle traffic and its popularity for clamming, it's easy to find your own space on the wide beach, which stretches for nearly 20 miles to the south.

Address: 100 Peter Iredale Road, Hammond, Oregon

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=129

3. Harris Beach State Park

Oceanside views at Harris Beach State Park

Oceanside views at Harris Beach State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

On the far southern end of the Oregon coast, Harris Beach State Park accommodates hikers, bikers, car campers, and RV dwellers with more than 150 campsites to choose from. Each vehicular campsite at Harris Beach State Park comes with a paved parking spot, picnic table, and fire ring, as well as nearby water, restrooms, and showers. The real appeal of this spacious campground comes from its immediate surroundings though, including easy access to Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor just up the road. A paved pedestrian route within the campground passes by inspiring ocean views, eventually leading users to either a stunning day-use beach area or downtown Brookings.

Location: Brookings, Oregon

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=58

4. Wright's for Camping

Haystack Rock near Wright's for Camping

Haystack Rock near Wright's for Camping | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

For a great, family-owned campground near Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock, Wright's for Camping has been providing a picturesque place to pitch a tent since 1959. As a car and tent camping only campground, featuring 22 spacious sites, Wright's provides a quiet environment alongside shaded surroundings. Running water, free showers, and a coin-operated laundry are also available for guests of the campground. One of the biggest appeals of this family-friendly and family-operated campground is its proximity and access to Cannon Beach. With less than a half-mile jaunt from the campground, guests can enjoy one of the top-rated beaches on the Oregon Coast, including the iconic views of the towering Haystack Rock.

Address: 334 Reservoir Road, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Official site: http://www.wrightsforcamping.com/

5. Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park

Accessible beach from Washburne at sunset

Accessible beach from Washburne at sunset | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

On the east side of the 101, between Yachats and Florence, this 1,000-acre state park has approximately 60 campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis (unique to the Oregon coast), with most catering to full hookup RVs. Paved and unpaved hiking trails lead from the campground to the beach and various other wildlife-viewing areas. Two reservable yurts are also available, as are hiker/biker sites, and all overnight guests have access to flushing toilets, running water, and free hot showers. The beach adjacent to Carl G. Washburne is a great place to explore or just relax. For those who want to make a great day trip from the campground, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is a short drive to the south.

Location: Florence, Oregon

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=85

6. Tillamook Head Backpackers Camp Editor's Pick

Backpackers Camp atop Tillamook Head

Backpackers Camp atop Tillamook Head | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Free campgrounds on the Oregon coast are hard to come by. In part, that's what makes the backpackers camp atop Tillamook Head within Ecola State Park unique and special. The other factor that makes this free camping spot one of the best campgrounds in Oregon is the stunning environment it encompasses. Surrounded by towering, old-growth trees, which add a sense of wooded mysticism, the Tillamook Head backpackers camp consists of three Adirondack shelters and available tent space occupied on a first-come, first served basis. No water access of any kind and a somewhat challenging 4.5-mile hike up to the campground makes overcrowding rarely an issue.

The easiest access point for this hike-in campground comes from the neighboring city of Seaside to the north. Vault toilets and a large picnic pavilion are available at the top, as well as places to hang your food. As well as carrying water to the campground, hikers and overnight users also need to pack out all trash they may accumulate. A large, communal fire pit encourages campers to connect with each other, and a short trail leading to a western view of the ocean and distant Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is a great place to catch the sunset.

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=136

7. Nehalem Bay State Park

Horse riding at Nehalem Bay State Park

Horse riding at Nehalem Bay State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Less than a two-hour drive from all the big-city attractions in Portland, this state park is set upon a four-mile sand spit separating Nehalem Bay from the ocean. More than 260 electrical sites catering to RVs and tent campers can be found at Nehalem Bay, as well as the largest selection of yurts on the coast, with 18 available to rent. Via a short, sandy trail, campers can cross a dune to easily access the beach and ocean. Restrooms, running water, and showers are all included on-site, and camping reservations are recommended if not required in the summer season. Just a couple of miles north of the campground, the small town of Manzanita is a great place to buy camping supplies, eat out for a meal, or catch some live music on the weekends.

Address: 34600 Gary Street, Nehalem, Oregon

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=142

8. Sunset Bay State Park

Shore Acres near Sunset Bay State Park

Shore Acres near Sunset Bay State Park

Located just south of Coos Bay and the fishing village of Charleston, Sunset Bay State Park can be found tucked neatly in a bay created by sandstone sea cliffs. The sheltered surroundings of Sunset Bay keep the waters nice and calm for water play and provide refuge from the sometimes breezy conditions on the coast. The tucked-away campground at Sunset Bay features spaces for RVs, tent campers, hikers, and cyclists, and all include access to running water, showers, and flushing toilets. For neighboring adventures connected by hiking trails, both Shore Acres State Park and Cape Arago State Park are just a little farther south, leading to other camping options and places to explore.

Location: Coos Bay, Oregon

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=70

9. Beverly Beach State Park

Spencer Creek Bridge at Beverly Beach State Park

Spencer Creek Bridge at Beverly Beach State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Halfway between Depoe Bay and Newport, two of the top small towns on the Oregon Coast, Beverly Beach State Park can be found on the east side of the 101, with easy beach access under the bridge spanning Spencer Creek. The western loop of the campground itself is framed by the Spencer Creek Bridge, and all 250 campsites are distributed among massive shade-producing trees. Nearly half of the campsites at Beverly Beach cater to tent camping, with the other half accommodating RVs, with full hookups and electric-only options. Showers, running water, and flushing toilets are all available for guests of the campground.

Address: 198 Northeast 123rd Street, Newport, Oregon

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=164

10. Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

Umpqua River Lighthouse

Umpqua River Lighthouse | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

One of the smaller state park campgrounds on the coast, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is a mile south of Winchester Bay and near the center of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The 12 full-hookup RV sites and 23 tent sites at Umpqua are centered around the freshwater Lake Marie, and a scenic path circles the water, giving access to non-motorized boating, fishing, and swimming. Adjacent to the campground, the Umpqua River Lighthouse provides aesthetic appeal and elevated views of the distant ocean shore. Yurts, rustic log cabins, and a cozy hiker/biker camp are also available at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, and all registered campers have access to hot showers and flushing toilets.

Location: Reedsport, Oregon

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=83

11. Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park

Off-highway vehicles on the beach near Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park

Off-highway vehicles on the beach near Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

With more than 350 campsites available, Jessie M. Honeyman is one of the largest state park campgrounds on the Oregon Coast. Catering to RV and tent camping, Honeyman State Park is surrounded by the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, with dune enthusiasts and off-highway vehicle riders often filling the campground. Three freshwater lakes can also be found within the state park, which are well used by swimmers, anglers, and anyone looking to cool off from the summer sun. No direct trails link Honeyman to the ocean, but outside of snowy-plover-restricted seasons (March to September), OHV riders can find their own route to the beach. Running water and restrooms are available for all overnight users.

Location: Florence, Oregon

Official site: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=95

12. Rock Creek Campground

Rock Creek Campground

Rock Creek Campground | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Operated by the National Forest Service within the Siuslaw National Forest of central Oregon, Rock Creek Campground provides a well-shaded place to stay close to the ocean. A half-mile paved walking trail takes campers straight to the beach, and nearby forested trailheads invite exploration into the surrounding Rock Creek Wilderness. Fishing and birding are very popular activities surrounding Rock Creek. The 14 sites at Rock Creek are non-electric and filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with vault toilets and potable water located nearby. The long stretch of beach accessed from Rock Creek is particularly notable for its sunsets, and eight miles to the north, Cape Perpetua delivers on one of the most stunning views found on the coast.

Address: 93825 US-101, Florence, Oregon

Official site: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/rock-creek--siuslaw/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73917

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